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Adolf Hitler: The Definitive Biographyby John Toland
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Based on previously unpublished documents, diaries, notes, photographs, and dramatic interviews with Hitler's colleagues and associates, this is the definitive biography of one of the most despised yet fascinating figures of the 20th century. Toland won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945.
"This big, sprawling biography is one of the most entertaining—if that word can be applied to the subject—studies of Hitler that we are ever likely to see. Not as scholarly as Joachim Fest's book, it is nevertheless well researched, and it is written in a lively and provocative style. In some respects the Hitler who emerges is almost too human, too normal; one is left with the uncomfortable feeling that if he had not existed a perfectly adequate stand-in would have been found, and the monstrous story would have unfolded in much the same way. For Hitler was a product of his time, and Mr. Toland has told the story of that awful period well." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
"Unusually revealing...highly detailed...marvelously absorbing." New York Times
"The first book that anyone who wants to learn about Hitler or the war in Europe must read. Much that is new or little known...a marvel of fact." Newsweek
"A significant contribution to the history of our time." Houston Chronicle
"An unusually revealing picture...highly detailed...a marvelously absorbing popular history...must be ranked as one of the most complete pictures of Hitler we have yet had." New York Times
"Toland weaves the epic tapestry of popular history, meshing together thousands of details into monumental narratives of war-time drama." Chicago Tribune
"Thorough, carefully documented, and authoritative." Library Journal
"Massive, masterful...should stand as a landmark in the literature of ideological megalomania." San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Book News Annotation:
Toland's massive and masterful biography was originally published (hardcover) by Doubleday in 1976. Deeply researched, thoroughly documented, compelling reading for a general audience. Includes many photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
John Toland, the author of fifteen works of history and fiction, including Infamy: World War II and Its Aftermath, received the Pulitzer Prize for his magisterial Rising Sun: The Decline of the Japanese Empire, 1936–1945. Mr. Toland died in 2004.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian John Toland’s classic, definitive biography of Adolf Hitler remains the most thorough, readable, accessible, and, as much as possible, objective account of the life of a man whose evil affect on the world in the twentieth century will always be felt.
Toland’s research provided one of the final opportunities for a historian to conduct personal interviews with over two hundred individuals intimately associated with Hitler. At a certain distance yet still with access to many of the people who enabled and who opposed the führer and his Third Reich, Toland strove to treat this life as if Hitler lived and died a hundred years before instead of within his own memory. From childhood and obscurity to his desperate end, Adolf Hitler emerges as, in Toland’s words, “far more complex and contradictory . . . obsessed by his dream of cleansing Europe Jews . . . a hybrid of Prometheus and Lucifer.”
Includes bibliographical references (p. -923) and index.
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